North Co. Donegal Wreck List
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Vessel Type:


Location:Co. Donegal
Date of Loss:24th August 1940Place:Malin Head
Cause of Loss:TorpedoedBoat Dive from:Culdaff
Charted Depth:52mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 3
Height of Wreck:7mAdmiralty Chart No:2811 and/or 2723
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (GPS):55° 31' 33.60" North
Type of Seabed:GravelLongitude (GPS):07° 15' 15.54" West
Average Visibility:20mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available?Yes - see below Diving Experience:Very Experienced
Diving Information:
  • Lies 25 miles North East of Malin Head.
Historical Information:
  • Built by Bremer Vulcan Schiffsbau, Vagesack, in 1918, she grossed 10,939 tons, measured 520 x 64.2 x 37.6ft., powered by 1,270 n.h.p. triple expansion engines and low pressure tubine generating 14 knots, and was owned by the Federal Steam Navigation Co.
  • Formerly the "Wenderland".
  • Torpedoed by U-57 while carrying 9,000 tons of steel and general cargo including a locomotive which broke its securing chains and rolled through the bow creating a large hole which accelerated the sinking.
  • Bound Liverpool to Curacao in a 32 ship convoy no. OB.202
  • Captain E.A.J Williams and 54 out of 58 crew were saved.

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Click HERE for INFOMAR* Side-Scan image
Source Publications:
"Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam 1824 - 1962"
Charles Hocking
London Stamp Exchange 1989 - ISBN: 0948130474
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 932 - 1997"
Dr. Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1998 - ISBN: 0952302713
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 1105 – 1993"
Dr. Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1994 - ISBN: 0952302705
Other Sources:
*source - Geological Survey of Ireland
Internet (2020)
 via email (2012)
Norman Woods
Portstewart SAC (2000)
Royal Navy
Hydrographic Department (1970)

North Co. Donegal Wreck List

Last update - 16-Nov-2020

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